Grants

Donors Choose Grants 

The Basics

Teachers submit a project and then donors choose which projects to support. Once a project is funded, Donors Choose deliver the materials directly to the school. In return, teachers submit project photos of the materials in use and a Teacher Impact Letter directly to the website. For donors who qualify, teachers will also mail student thank-you letters to the office and they will send to the letters to the donors.

How It Works

Submit a Project

  • It’s simple to register – tell them where you teach and confirm that you can receive their emails. Then upload a photo that provides a window into your classroom. You’re ready to submit a project!
  • The system allows you to find what you need online, and you choose the exact materials you need for YOUR classroom.
  • Next, you’ll aim to inspire donors by describing what you need, why you need it, and how your project will change your students’ lives for the better.

Donors Choose

  • Donors go to the site, look over the projects listed and choose what they want to contribute to and how much.
  • Word to the wise: projects under $400 have the best chance of being funded.
  • Check back often – a donor may leave a personal message for you and your classroom letting you know why he or she chose to give to your project.

Send thanks

  • If your project is funded, they will ship the materials straight to your school.
  • In return, you and your students will write thank-you letters and take photographs of the project in action. They’ll share your thanks with your donors.

Eligibility

Full-time, “front-line” educators at public schools (i.e. classroom teachers, librarians, guidance counselors) are eligible to participate by submitting projects on DonorsChoose.org. Administrators, part-time educators, assistants or student teachers, staff developers, and volunteers are not eligible to request materials at DonorsChoose.org.

 Tips for Success

To ensure that your project grabs the attention of our donors, it is recommend that:

  • Give your project a great title and your essay a snazzy first line.
  • Keep your project cost to less than $400.
  • Speak from the heart when writing your essay.
  • Check your project essay for spelling and grammar.

 To learn more go to Donorschoose.org.

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